Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Sept. 24

Amid criticism from sections of people regarding the financial crisis in the state of Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that the financial condition of the state increases half time than that of the 2016-17 when the BJP led government came to power.

“GSTP of Manipur in 2016-17 was 3.77% , that was when the BJP led government replaced the Congress government. In 2017-18, we managed to increase the GSTP and this time, i.e., 2018-19 the GSTP reaches 8%”, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said while felicitating 5 (five)  councillors of Yairipok Municipal Council at the temporary head office of BJP Manipur Pradesh at Canchipur today.

The five Councillors are Longjam Kamala Devi (ward no. 9), Konjengbam Ito Singh (ward no.8), Guruaribam Ingocha Sharma (ward no. 7) , Md. Abdul Khalique (Ward No. 6) and Md. Dilip (Ward No 5) . They were elected as congress councillor but joined the BJP today. With the joining of the 5 Councillors, BJP now is the majority in the Yairipok Municipal Council as there are only 4 Councillors left in the Congress side.  

Vice President of BJP Manipur Pradesh, Salam Joy, General Secretary  Seityabrata, Dy. Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Robindro and Ex-minister  Nimaichand Luwang , who is also a senior member of the BJP joined the Chief Minister as dignitaries on the dais while felicitating the Councillors.

Chief Minister N. Biren singh said that it is the peoples’ trust to the party that it enables to send MP to Lok Sabha in the Lok Sabha election this time. The development that the BJP led government in the state brought in just 2 years and three months that people started trusting the government.

“In this short span the state revenue which was just 497 crores at the time we come to power now cross over 1000 crores”, a proud N. Biren Singh said.

He said that it is the support from the people and the government’s success in maintaining the law and order situation that make possible in the rise of the GSTP as well as the state revenue. 

“As peace has been restored in the state and bandh and blockades are history we are going forward”, N Biren Singh said.

Appreciating the quality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his integrity and commitment for the people of the country, N. Biren Singh said that it is the Prime Minister Modi that inspires him.

“We may not have constructed big building but we are doing everything for the people and the recognition is also a clear example”, Biren added.

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Imphal, Sept. 24

Residents of Lairenjam Makha Leikai of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Assembly Constituency have filed a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of Imphal West District stating that they have not received their ration cards despite the fact that they are eligible for it and have approached the Fair Price Shop multiple times. Given this, they have failed to avail various entitlements which they must get under the National Food Security Act, 2013.

The complaint also points out that since the last three years people from Lairenjam Makha Leikai have received only (2Kg) two kilograms of rice per head per month despite National Food Security Act 2013 guaranteeing five kilograms of rice per head per month. Till 2016 the residents were receiving five kilograms per month but it was reduced to two kilogram in the last three years.

Fifteen residents who signed the complaint to the Deputy Commissioner also stated that when they went to the Fair Price Shop, it was revealed to them that ration cards cannot be issued because all the household cannot be registered. It added that the rice also is not provided from all the households by the authority and the food grains are distributed amongst all the people equally irrespective of the fact that people have ration cards or not.

Under National Food Security Act 2013, ration card holders are entitled five kilograms of rice per month per person and thirty five kilograms per month per family for those with AAY card. The residents are now demanding their due rights, ration card and the amount of rice by National Food Security Act, 2013. If the government fails to provide the rice, they are demanding Food Security Allowance as per the Food Security Act. 

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:43

MP Dr. Lorho launches SAGY at Daili village

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Kangpokpi Sept.24

Outer Manipur Member of Parliament Dr. Lorho S. Pfozetoday had launched SAGY or “Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana” at Daili Village in Kangpokpi District.Daili Village, which is being adopted by Dr. Lorho, will be developed into a model village also called “Adarsh Gram” under the SAGY programme on Monday.
SAGY is a rural development programme broadly focusing upon the holistic development in the villages which includes social development, cultural development and spread motivation among the people on social mobilization of the village community. The programme was launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan on 11 October, 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, MP Dr. Lorhostated that Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) was launched on 11th October 2014 by PM Narendra Modi with the aim to translate the comprehensive vision of Mahatma Gandhi about an ideal Indian village into reality, keeping in view the present context. Under SAGY, each Member of Parliament adopts a Gram Panchayat and guides its holistic progress giving importance for social development at par with infrastructure.
Dr. Lorhostated that he has selected to adopt Daili village under SAGY as Daili is a beautiful village comprehensively inhabited by various tribal communities along with some Meiteis and Nepalis. This village has the potential to be converted into one of the most beautiful villages in the country.
“SAGY is not a project where the government is the giver and villagers are the receivers. It is a programme where one needs to introspect deeply for what he or she could contribute to the society for the welfare of the people for harmonious and peaceful co-existence”, he stated. “However, there is something that is blocking each and every one of us from taking up a new initiative or a new step to bring new development for a better and harmonious environment. So let us do away with hatred, fear, enmity, etc., amongst us and move forward to contribute for a better tomorrow. Let us make ourselves a model to make Dailimodel village more beautiful and more prosperous”, the MP added.

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Imphal, Sept. 24

One Zilla Parishad and three Gram Panchayats of Manipur sweep four Panchayat Awards, 2019 for appraisal year 2017-18 for outstanding performance under the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. The Ministry has announced the annual awards for best Zilla Parishad, Gram Panchayats and Child Friendly Gram Panchayat Aawrds for state-wise. For Manipur State, Imphal East Zilla Parishad has bagged the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) 2019.   
In the Gram Panchayat category, Phayeng Gram Panchayat under Haorangsabal Block of Imphal West District bagged the award in the General category and Waiton Gram Panchayat under Sawombung Block of Imphal East District won the same in the thematic category.  
It may be mentioned that Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) are given to best performing Panchayats (District, Intermediate and Gram Panchayat) across the States/UTs in recognition of the good work that is done by PRIs at each level for improving delivery of services and public goods. This year the nominations for DDUPSP were received for General and Thematic categories. One-third of the total DDUPSP awards are proposed in the categories of thematic awards. Nine thematic categories are Sanitation, Civic Services (Drinking Water, Street Light, infrastructure), Natural Resource Management, Marginalized section (Women, SC/ST, Disabled, Senior Citizen), Social Sector performance, Disaster Management, CBOs/Individuals taking voluntary actions to support Gram Panchayats, Innovation in Revenue Generation and e-Governance.   
Further, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India has selected Waiton Gram Panchayat of Imphal East District for Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Purashkar 2019 for outstanding performance.   
In the category of Child Friendly Gram Panchayat Award, 2019 for appraisal year 2017-18, Thongju Part-II Gram Panchayat under Kshetrigao Block of Imphal East District has bagged the award for outstanding performance. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has introduced this award under Incentivisation scheme with a view to encourage the best performing Gram Panchayats (GPs)/Village Councils (VCs) for adopting child friendly practices. The awards will be distributed during October, 2019 at New Delhi.  

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Much has been talk about the ban on plastic use. Maharastra has banned the use of plastic polythene bag, the central government is all set to announce plastic polythene bag in the coming days and in the state of Manipur, the government is looking for a way out to ban the plastic polythene bag.
The adverse impacts of plastic bags are undeniable. Almost all place of Manipur is being polluted by plastic. Plastic indeed is becoming a threat to the environment. Leaving on the roadside or anywhere – may be at the cultivable land or at rivers which finally falls at major lakes, will spoil the soil. Burning it is not an alternative as it pollutes the air and create health hazard to the human life. Almost all indigenous aquatic life at all rivers of Manipur and that of the Loktak Lake are in danger due to the excess pollution of the plastic product. That is visible to all and it is not only the environment activists that have been taking the plastic pollution as a threat to the people of the state but even the government is aware of the situation. Perhaps that is the reason for the government to felt that there should be a law to ban the plastic use.
However, what kind of plastic is the government is planning to ban? Is it only the polythene bag they are going to banned or is it all plastic products that threaten to the environment? A matter need to ponder.
The pollution created by plastic polythene is seen by all but the quantity of plastic products at pollute our environment is the package plastic container that has been polluting the environment is much higher. For example, plastic bottled package water, the plastic package of various edible commodities like Uncle Chips, Kulkure, edible oil, and also luxurious items like the plastic bottle that are being used for filling cosmetic items etc. these plastic items are not ever mention for banning. The quantity of plastic seen polluting the environment by the plastic polythene bag is very less when compares to those of the containers of commodities produced by multinational companies. If the government is serious and committed to free the environment from the plastic uses, then they should think of banning all sorts of plastic whether it may be the one use by multinational companies or small private factories which manufacture bottled water.
A decision to ban only the polythene plastic bag is more like an imperialist thinking instigated by fascist mindsets who are looking for market only by making the poor poorer. How inconvenient will a poor person who could not afford a bag of any kind other than the plastic polythene bags which is available with just Rs. 1 or even free when they go for marketing. And as for the rich people who could manage luxurious bags, the ban of the plastic polythene bags will not affect then in bringing home those costly luxurious items packed in plastic products.
It will not be justified to be partial in the banning of plastic to only the polythene bag only. If the government think that plastic, they should have the courage to close down all the licensed drinking water bottle industries in the state. The government should also work out a policy for restriction of all pack plastic items of the multinational companies from entering the state. If this cannot be done the idea of putting ban to plastic polythene bag should be thrown out from their mind.
Saying so, this write up do not support letting the used plastic (any plastic) thrown anywhere where ever they like. This write up only suggested to frame a policy on how judiciously the plastic are used. They should encourage re-cycling of plastic of any kind to experts by providing them financial supports. Moreover, the government should initiate a plastic collector group at which anybody who ever collected some quantity of plastic could be collected at any times of need. This may be done either by outsourcing it, but the government authority need to utilize its trained staffs to make the people easy in contacting those plastic pickers from anywhere in the urban area. This write up also suggest the government to organise awareness programme on how to judiciously use plastic instead of thinking for ban on only plastic polythene bags, as everyone knows the plastic that has been polluting the environment is more by those of the unbanned packet sent out by multinational companies.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:39

New Police booth opened at Kakching Wairi

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Imphal, Sept 24,

A new police booth was open yesterday at Kakching Wairi Kongoi Bazar, which is under the jurisdiction of Kakching Police Station by MLA, Yengkhom Surchandra.
The opening programme was also attended by SP Kakching, Victoria Yengkhom, SDPO Kakching, Shrey Vats, OC Kakching, Akoijam Premjit and Kakching Municipal Council Ward no.1, Councillor, M.Memcha Devi.
 On the other hand, Kakching Municipal Council, Ward no.1, Ward Development Committee conducted a social service in the area of the Kakching Wairi in connection with Swachhata Hi Sewa and organised awareness programme on plastic pollution.
Speaking on the occasion at Kakching Wairi Kongoi Community Hall, SP Kakching, Victoria Yengkhom said that setting up of new police booth in the area will help the people in preventing from unwanted incident.
MLA Surchandra said that Kakching town is becoming one of the cleanliest towns. He added that such good quality should maintain it. He further said that Kakching Municipal Council had also issued prohibition order against rearing of pigs within 100 metre radius of residential area.

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Imphal, Sep 23

Lions Club Of Thoubal distributed food items to the students of Heikakpokpi Blind School, Heikakpokpi, under the goal “Relieving Hunger” yesterday.

Since 2005 Lions Club of Thoubal has been inspecting the schools to find out bright students.

The programme was attended by Praveen Agarwal, Governor, MJF Lion,Lions Club International District 322-D, L.Marjitkumar, District Lions Club of Thoubal, President, and several Zonal Presidents.

The distributed items included 4 Bags of Rice, 35 Kg Dal, 1kg Chilli, 10 Packets Ngari (fermented fish), 10kg Onion, 10 salt packets, 2 bags potato, 10 litre Edible oil and 5kg Mattar.

Hindi Teacher of the school, Madam Darshim praises the Lions Club of Thoubal for their work. 

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:36

Eye screening camp concludes at press club

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Guwahati, Sept. 24

 City-based scribes along with their family members had an opportunity for visual assessment and consultations from experienced ophthalmologists from Sankaradeva Nethralaya today (23 September 2019) at Guwahati Press Club.
Over 90 participants went through various tests and received necessary advises from  Dr Harsha Bhattacharjee, President and Trustee of Sankaradeva Nethralaya, along with Dr Shyam Sundar Das Mohapatra.
Optometrists Ankur Kalita, Dimpi Devi and Roma Chetry from the premier hi-tech eye hospital and premier centre for postgraduate education in ophthalmology conducted various visual assessments along with blood pressure & sugar, where other health and communication  officials
namely Dipjyoti Medhi, Mridusmita Sarmah with Arnab Das and Nipu Sarma were also present.

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Thoubal Sept. 24

District Youth Coordinator, NYK, Thoubal Michael T. Mate has informed that there will be “Declamation Contest as a part of the Republic Day Celebration, 2020 on the topic - Patriotism and Nation Building.”*
The contest will be held at district, state and national levels and language of the contest will be in English or Hindi in 8-10 minutes. Youth and students from the age group of 18-29 years as on 1/4/2019, residing in Thoubal and Kakching districts may participate in the contest. Those who have already participated in the previous year will not be allowed for the contest.
Application form and detailed guideline can be obtained from the office of NYK, Thoubal. Willing participants may submit their application forms along with necessary documents on or before 8th October, 2019.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:33

Army recruitment rally at Imphal

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Imphal, Sept. 24

Army Recruitment Rally would be held at Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium, Imphal (Manipur) from 10 Oct 2019 to 18 Oct 2019 for enrolment of youths from Manipur only

Online applications date for the Army Recruitment Rally has now been extended upto 29 Sep 2019.Admit Card will be generated on 30 Sep 2019 for the all candidates who applied online for the Manipur Rally at Imphal. The Admit Card can be downloaded on the email ID as registered by the candidates.

For online registration, login to www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.Candidates who have registered earlier in the previous rally can directly login & apply afresh. Candidates will be allowed to attend recruitment rally only when they have registered and filled up online applications.

The vacancies are for Soldier General Duty (10th& 12thstd),             Soldier Technical (12thstd with Physics, Chemistry, Maths & English),       Soldier Tradesmen (8th&10thstd simple pass). CEE will be conducted at Rangapahar on 24 Nov 2019. For any other query contact on phone No         03862-249012&8974958673 from 0830 AM to 0200 PM on working days for the entire duration.  Last date of registration is 29 Sep 2019.

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